Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 12:14 UTC
Windows After yesterday's TV advertisement, Microsoft finally unveiled the pricing for its Surface tablet - the ARM Windows RT version that is. The cheapest Surface - 32GB without touch cover - will set you back $499. They're aiming straight for iPad pricing here, ignoring the popular cheaper Android offerings. Update: only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. As usual.
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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by zima on Sat 20th Oct 2012 15:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

This is out of MS's comfort zone and MS has proved time and time again that they cannot perform outside there comfort zone (Zune, WinCE, Windows Phone...).

Disk operating systems, GUI, office suites, or gaming consoles were once outside MS comfort zone, too. And MS has proved time and time again, with a little doze of persistence, to dominate fields they decide to focus on.

PS. And WinCE is moderately widely deployed - the thing about ~embedded stuff: you don't see it.

Edited 2012-10-20 15:29 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by Luminair
by Alfman on Sat 20th Oct 2012 18:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Luminair"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

zima,

"PS. And WinCE is moderately widely deployed - the thing about ~embedded stuff: you don't see it."

...until it crashes.

http://www.techmynd.com/50-plus-blue-screen-of-death-displays-in-pu...

Sorry I couldn't help myself ;)

Many devices I'd have never thought to be running windows until seeing them crash.

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RE[6]: Comment by Luminair
by zima on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 23:54 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Luminair"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Or until seeing OS/2 crash and reboot... http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Atm_os2warp.jpg

Or until seeing Linux crash and reboot... http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WP10_in_Pittsburgh_17.jpg

Or people cursing their routers or Androids...

Windows might be possibly the most popular OS driving large displays (say, because they are conceptually similar to a desktop computer, easy to grasp that way, easier handed by a typically barely-trained stuff), of course such will be more visible.

And the thing about parent poster - he almost certainly wouldn't be able to speculate even about the likely top 10 embedded OS ...what can he tell about WinCE deployment?

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